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LAWS77-745: International Contracts


International Contracts is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject deals with problems in the drafting and enforcement of contracts involving two or more legal systems, with reference to international conventions. Topics covered include the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods, choice of governing law, choice of forum, selection and standardisation of terms, title and retention, delivery, payment and long-term contracts, and relevant aspects of dispute resolution. International Contracts is taught in an intensive and practical manner, with an emphasis on negotiation and drafting, cases and comparative law, as experienced in international legal practice. The subject should be of interest to students intending to do work involving transactions across borders.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,710
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,860

Learning outcomes

1. Develop an awareness of national variations in apparently common legal concepts and attitudes to the law. 2. Demonstrate how these variations are brought together in particular transactions to identify the 'common core' of contract law and an expanding international law of contracts. 3. Consider the central role of contract in international trade. 4. Experience negotiation across legal systems and how working as a team can produce optimal results.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.

Restrictions: ?

Students must be admitted into a Masters law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) OR be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Anti-requisites: ?

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?19/09/2021
Cancellation 2?20/09/2021
Last enrolment17/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?24/09/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/09/2021
Teaching census?23/09/2021